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February 22, 1998 | Steve Hochman
After "The Crow," haunted by the tragic 1993 on-set firearm accident that killed star Brandon Lee, Egypt-born and Australia-raised director Alex Proyas took his time before returning with a new feature. With the dystopian "Dark City," he's re-staking his place in modern Gothic cinema and asserting himself, at 35, as a key Australian filmmaker beside such film school classmates as Jane Campion and P.J. Hogan. GUN-SHY: "I was very badly affected by the tragedy. Brandon and I were good friends.
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November 15, 2009 | Cristy Lytal
For "2012," concept artist Warren Flanagan created images of a tidal wave engulfing the Himalayas and a chasm in the Earth swallowing up Los Angeles. But early in his career, Flanagan exerted his destructive influence on a much smaller scale as a barman at Ireland's Ardmore Studios. "I was up there for the wrap parties for 'Braveheart' and 'Far and Away,' and Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise would be walking into the bar, so it was pretty cool," he said. The barman, who attended the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, soon landed a job in one of Ardmore's animation studios and moved on to several other Irish animation houses before relocating to Canada, where he worked as a storyboard artist on 2004's "I, Robot."
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November 15, 2009 | Cristy Lytal
For "2012," concept artist Warren Flanagan created images of a tidal wave engulfing the Himalayas and a chasm in the Earth swallowing up Los Angeles. But early in his career, Flanagan exerted his destructive influence on a much smaller scale as a barman at Ireland's Ardmore Studios. "I was up there for the wrap parties for 'Braveheart' and 'Far and Away,' and Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise would be walking into the bar, so it was pretty cool," he said. The barman, who attended the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, soon landed a job in one of Ardmore's animation studios and moved on to several other Irish animation houses before relocating to Canada, where he worked as a storyboard artist on 2004's "I, Robot."
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February 22, 1998 | Steve Hochman
After "The Crow," haunted by the tragic 1993 on-set firearm accident that killed star Brandon Lee, Egypt-born and Australia-raised director Alex Proyas took his time before returning with a new feature. With the dystopian "Dark City," he's re-staking his place in modern Gothic cinema and asserting himself, at 35, as a key Australian filmmaker beside such film school classmates as Jane Campion and P.J. Hogan. GUN-SHY: "I was very badly affected by the tragedy. Brandon and I were good friends.
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April 1, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Brandon Lee, the 28-year-old son of the late kung fu star Bruce Lee, was killed Wednesday after a small explosive charge used to simulate gunfire went off inside a grocery bag during filming on a movie set in Wilmington, N.C. Lee, who many believed was on the threshold of stardom similar to that attained by his father two decades earlier, had been working on the $14-million movie "The Crow," produced by Edward Pressman and Jeff Most.
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April 2, 1993 | PATRICK BOYLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The death of Brandon Lee in a filming incident took a startling turn Thursday when police revealed the actor was killed by what was apparently a .44-caliber bullet. What appeared to be a bullet was discovered lodged near Lee's spine during an autopsy, calling into question the safety procedures on the set of the film. Detectives from the Wilmington Police Department said that they are still treating Lee's death as an accidental shooting. They said that they recovered the .
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July 18, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
Directed by Alex Proyas, "Garage Days" tracks the ups, downs and sideline distractions of a rock 'n' roll band struggling in Sydney, Australia. When the movie opens lead singer, Freddy (Kick Gurry) is daydreaming that he's crowd-surfing above the heads of thousands of adoring fans. Eager for fame, he longs for a chance to make it, though he doesn't show much interest in playing.
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December 27, 1987 | CHRIS WIlLMAN and TERRY ATKINSON
If 1986 was the year of Peter Gabriel in the world of music videos, then 1987 was the year of Tawny Kitaen's legs. Of course, the various annual pop-video awards programs don't include a category for Best Limbs, and MTV is going to look fairly ridiculous presenting an award to anybody for top achievements in 1987--quite possibly the worst year yet in the art's brief history.
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February 27, 1998 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
Like Hong Kong action directors reinventing the western, Australia's current crop of filmmakers are happily absorbing the received wisdom of Hollywood and boomeranging it back at us. Recalibrated film noir. The costume epic as psycho drama. Road movies with no maps. There's no end to the modifications and mutations. Sometimes, of course, the boomerang catches you in the neck.
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July 13, 2011
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS SERIES So You Think You Can Dance: "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson sits in at the judges' table (8 p.m. Fox). Sons of Guns: The reality series about a family of firearms fabricators returns with new episodes (9 p.m. Discovery). Ghost Hunters International: The spook-seeking series is back for another season (9 p.m. Syfy), followed by the premiere of the reality series "Legend Quest" (10 p.m. Syfy). One Man Army: Military members and others compete for the title in this new reality competition (10 p.m. Discovery)
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August 11, 1993 | TERRY PRISTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of actor Brandon Lee has filed suit against the Edward R. Pressman Film Corp. and 13 other corporations and individuals, alleging that their negligence was responsible for her son's "agonizing pain, suffering and untimely death" last March on the set of the movie "The Crow."
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